This is civil engineering: The Belo Monte Dam

Brazil is currently constructing what would be the world’s fourth-largest hydroelectric project on one of the Amazon River’s major tributaries, the Xingu River.

turbine WebImage credit: Inter Press Service

The Belo Monte Dam will cost more than USD13-billion, but industry analysts say that owing to the difficulties in building a project of this size in the Amazon, its cost could easily exceed USD18-billion. The project will have an installed capacity of 11 233MW. The first turbine generator unit of the plant began commercial operations, with the first power fed into the National Interconnected System (SIN) in April 2016. The power plant will be fully commissioned in 2019. The turbines are pictured.



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